Seniors take to the Skies in 2016!
June 1, 2016 (WAUKESHA, WI) – World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War Veterans who live in Capri Senior Communities will take off on dream flights in a 1940’s Boeing Stearman – the airplane used to train military aviators in the late 30’s and 40’s. Each participant will take a 15- to 20-minute flight soaring 1,000 feet above the heads of the participants’ friends, family, and neighbors.
Residents of Capri Senior Communities participating in the Ageless Aviation Dream Flight include the following:
Bob L. | del Maré Villas – St. Catherine Commons | Kenosha, WI
Bob served from 1943 to 1946 in WWII as a Corporal. He was part of the Signal Corps attached to the 13th Air Force. They first provided communications on Henderson Field in Guadacanal and then again for the 7th Fighter Wing at Fort Shafter in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Al J. | del Maré Villas – St. Catherine Commons | Kenosha, WI
Al served as an Electrician Mate 3rd Class in the Navy from 1944 to 1947, during WWII. He was aboard the USS Haven, a hospital ship and was at Operation Crossroads, an atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll.
Al M. | Palazzo del Maré – St. Catherine Commons | Kenosha, WI
Al served in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954 as a Corporal in the Army.
Gary B. | Palazzo del Maré – St. Catherine Commons | Kenosha, WI
Gary served in the Vietnam War from 1952 to 1973 as an LCDR in the Navy.
Chris L. | Palazzo del Maré – St. Catherine Commons | Kenosha, WI
Chris served in the Army from 1971 to 1974 and then again from 1984 to 1996. He enlisted into the Army during the Vietnam Era. His chosen MOS was 13E (Fire Direction Control) in Field Artillery. After basic training, he spent three years in Germany and then decided to use his GI Bill benefits to earn a degree in business management. Ten years later, in 1984, he joined the National Guard and was offered a full time Active Guard Reserve position as a Training NCO. Chris led a variety of sections including Air Defense, Field Artillery Surveying, and the Intelligence Section until retirement in 1996. After retiring, he became an Army Instructor with the Kenosha Military Academy. Chris now teaches math at Reuther Central High School in Kenosha.
Roman S. | Hyland Park – Hyland Campus | Sun Prairie, WI
Roman served from 1951 to 1953, during the Korean War, as a Corporal in the Army.
Jack W. | Hyland Park – Hyland Campus | Sun Prairie, WI
Jack served in the British Royal Navy from 1941 to 1946, during WWII. He spent two years escorting Indian Ocean convoys and another two years escorting English Channel and Atlantic convoys and D-Day invasion personnel.
Bob M. | Engel Haus – Gables of Germantown | Germantown, WI
Bob served in the Marine Corps in 1942 to 1945, in WWII. He took a land craft in California to Pearl Harbor to find out if the island was vacated.
Ed A. | Engel Haus – Gables of Germantown | Germantown, WI
Ed served during WWII in Europe and Alaska. He was a Seaman 1st Class in the Coast Guard from 1939 to 1941.
Vivian L. | Engel Haus – Gables of Germantown | Germantown, WI
Vivian served from 1943 to 1945 as a Chief Officer in the Navy.
John K. | Engel Haus – Gables of Germantown | Germantown, WI
John served in Japan from 1947 to 1953, during the Korean War. He was in the Air Force.
Harold K. | Engel Haus – Gables of Germantown | Germantown, WI
Harold took basic training in Hawaii and then went to Korea. He was in the Army from 1950 to 1952.
Homer A. | Summit Woods | Waukesha, WI
Homer joined the California National Guard at age 16 in 1949. He was activated in 1950 at the start of the Korean War and was in the 578th Combat Engineers, 40th Infantry Division. He earned two battle stars including the Iron Triangle. Homer returned to the National Guard on July 4, 1952. He was a 19-year-old Corporal when he arrived home.
The flights are courtesy of Ageless Aviation Dreams, a non-profit organization founded by Darryl Fisher to honor U.S. military veterans living in long-term care communities. Since its founding in 2011, Ageless Aviation Dreams has provided more than 500 flights to veterans nationwide. Flights are made possible by sponsors like Sport Clips Haircuts, a sports-themed salon franchise, and Direct Supply, an employee-owned company specializing in providing equipment to the senior living industry.
These exhilarating flights will take place Tuesday, June 7th from 9:00am until 3:00pm at Crites Field at the Waukesha County Airport (2525 Aviation Drive, Waukesha). On-site visuals and interviews with World War II and Korean War Veterans can be arranged by contacting Stephanie Kucher at (262) 289-2751.